JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars make a quarterback move amid a streak of nine franchise-record defeats as coach Doug Marrone and Mike Glennon take on sophomore rookie Jake Luton and Gardner Minshew from the Cleveland Browns, he announced on Wednesday .
This is Glennon’s first start since September 28, 2017, when he was with the Chicago Bears. He started the first four games of the season before joining rookie Mitchell Trubisky, whom the Bears designed with the second overall win. Glennon has only thrown 31 passes in the past two seasons since then – 21 with Arizona and 10 with Oakland.
Glennon’s last appearance was on November 24, 2019, when he made 4 of 7 passes in the Raiders’ 34-3 defeat by the New York Jets.
“I think [Glennon] gives us the best chance of winning, “said Marrone.” As I said earlier, Jake is going to take a step back, Gardner is still limited without having a full week of work. I don’t want to put someone out there that I haven’t seen yet. Mike is experienced and that’s why we brought him here to fill it out whenever we need it. So he will get his opportunity. “
Minshew started the first seven games of the season but had missed the last three with a thumb injury. Marrone decided to start Luton, the sixth round pick of the team, against Glennon, and the former Oregon standout player played solidly against the Houston Texans, fought a little in the wind against the Green Bay Packers and then was against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, going 16-of-37 for 151 yards and four interceptions.
“I said to Jake, ‘Hey, we really appreciate everything. We like a lot of things you do, but we’re just going to take a step back and digest things for a while,” said Marrone said. “… He’s fine and I think he has a chance to become a good footballer in this league. Gardner said he feels good. … I just have a feeling that we’re not this week get enough litters. “
In addition to the quarterback move, the Jaguars are shuffling their coaching duties this week and Sunday as all defense personnel work remotely due to coronavirus logs. Biggest change: Marrone and assistant specialty teams coordinator Mike Mallory will lead the defense in the practice, and secondary / security trainer Joe Danna will be calling Defense Sunday against the Browns.
“”[Danna] called the defense here during the preseason last year. He called her in the preseason games, some in Atlanta I’m sure, and he did it in Georgia Southern, “Marrone said.” Obviously we worked together and talked to him on the phone [this week]. I think most teams really do prepare for this in an emergency and of course with COVID everything goes as far as possible to make sure we are all supported in everything we do. “
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defensive coach Jason Rebrovich and defensive assistant Dwayne Stukes will not be available on Sunday, Marrone said. Assistant Linebacker Trainer Tony Gilbert will train the defensive line during the game.
Minshew started throwing last week while recovering from a thumb injury. He originally suffered the injury against the Texans on October 11, but hid the injury from the coaching staff for the next two weeks. Minshew has 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions but hasn’t much improved on the issues that plagued him as a rookie last season: pocket comfort, arm strength, receiver opening and working in the middle of the field.
The Jaguars had decided to give Minshew the 2020 season to prove he could be the long-term starter, but with the team at 1: 9 and battling the New York Jets for number 1 overall, this is a virtual one Guarantee you’ll be drawing a quarterback in the spring.